A kindergarten class at Robert Moore School has welcomed players from the Fort Frances Lakers into their classroom over the last few months to be positive role models and help with lessons in math.
Teacher Sarah Kivimaki said she felt extremely fortunate to have two Lakers visit every Thursday from October until the end of March.
Nate Drobnick (#16) and Kirk Coppock (#11), also was the team’s assistant captain, were great additions to the classroom, she lauded.
“They were friendly, positive role models for my children,” Kivimaki enthused.
The students graphed how many goals the players and their teammates scored next to a graph of how many penalty minutes each of them served to bring realism and interest to Kivimaki’s lessons on data management.
Each week, both the students and the adults eagerly awaited the arrival of “their” Lakers to talk about the last game they played or look forward to the next one, she added.
Because Robert Moore had the Lakers come into the classroom, Kivimaki, a season ticket-holder and Lakers’ volunteer, said she saw many of her students at various home games cheering on #16 and #11.
Drobnick and Coppock were presented with trophies during their final visit to salute their commitment to the classroom and the school’s appreciation for their service.